Sister Cities Cajun
Sister Cities returns to the STL 100 after a year’s absence due to relocation. Though “relocation” hardly captures the Sister Cities saga: The original Dutchtown location was struck by cars twice in four months. Pamela Melton and Travis Parfait have now set up shop in a much bigger (and, I hope, less attractive to errant vehicles) space in Marine Villa. Parfait continues to turn out deeply flavored, personal versions of gumbo, jambalaya and other classic dishes. Sister Cities’ famous smoked chicken wings have also returned, and you can now buy retail packages of the wings’ dry rub.
Hours: Dinner Tuesday-Saturday, lunch Tuesday-Friday, brunch Saturday (closed Sunday-Monday)
Last year's ranking: New this year
Must order: Cajun smoked wings ($9)